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Coaches Corner #1 - Food After Exercise
Coaches Corner #2 - Lose Body Fat More Effectively
Coaches Corner #3 - Secret To Weight and Fat Loss
Coaches Corner #4 - Don't Hold On For a Better Workout
Coaches Corner #5 - Getting Stronger by Overload
Coaches Corner #6 - How To Tone and Firm Your Abs
Coaches Corner #7 - Staying With an Exercise Program
Coaches Corner #8 - Improving A Sport or Activity
Coaches Corner #9 - To Carb or Not To Carb

The Coaches Corner

Training Trivia Answer:

In the last issue I asked the burning question: Why are the backs of the legs referred to as the hamstrings?

Answer: The "ham" of "hamstring" comes from an Old Teutonic (Germanic) word "ham" meaning crooked. This is in reference to the crooked part of the leg, that is the knee. It also comes from the fact that these muscles look like a shank of ham when they are exposed in an autopsy (good times).

Training Tip #9

This month's tip is inspired by that famous Danish Prince, Hamlet. Who, ever since Bill Shakespeare wrote about him and his dilemma all those years ago has been misquoted ever since. You see, Hamlet was trying to drop a few pounds, not contemplate his own death. What he actually said was: "To eat carbs or not to eat carbs. That is the question."

The answer I give to this question is chow down Hammy baby! I can hear the gasps already So let's examine a few key datum's in order to put this into perspective:

  1. Blood sugar is carbohydrate. Carbohydrate is your main energy source.
  2. The stored energy in your muscles which is called glycogen is ? Yep, you guessed it, carbohydrate.
  3. Raw fruits and vegetables are your best sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients (plant based nutrients linked to decreasing the risks of heart disease and cancer) and these are predominantly carbohydrate.
  4. A high percent of the weight loss from low carb diets comes from water loss and lean body tissue loss. In the absence of carbohydrate the body is forced to use other less desirable forms of energy. The body also goes into your glycogen(stored carbohydrate) reserves. When glycogen is used as energy, water is released and leaves the body (not good FYI), resulting in weight loss .
  5. Without carbohydrate it is very difficult for the body to burn fat. Think of carbohydrate as the kindling that gets the fire going and then the fat is the log you put on the fire that catches fire via the kindling. No carbohydrates in the diet means the body will have a harder time burning fat as an energy source.

Now what do you do? Well, the space here doesn't allow me to totally address the ideal program for each person, and I know this subject can be quite confusing. So I would encourage those of you that have questions to contact me directly and I can get you on a program that is tailored to your specific needs. You can email me by clicking here or call me at the number at the bottom of this page.

Training Trivia:

Q. What is the Valsalva maneuver?

  1. Double flip dismount from the high bar perfected by gymnast Yuri Valsalva.
  2. Forced expiration of air against a closed glottis.
  3. Weight lifting technique in which the person lifts the weight in one smooth movement from the ground up over their head.
  4. The increase of blood pressure that occurs during weight training.
  5. A fat loss method in which the body is tightly wrapped with herb treated bandages to encourage detox and fat loss.
  6. Shin splints.

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